Construction EIIR (Engineering, IoT, Industry 4.0 and R&D) Trends Q-3 2019

How are construction and smart cities enterprises leveraging EIIR providers? (Deals/ Contracts/ Partnerships)

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    Wipro gets a 5 year deal from Montreal International airport operator ADM. IoT is also part of the deal.

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    Lehto Group selects TECHNIA for Dassault Systèmes PLM implementation. Construction companies can leverage PLM to manage projects better.

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    JM, a leading construction group in Nordic, teams up with TECHNIA to digitalize their business with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Another win in construction industry for Dassault Systèmes and TECHNIA.

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    NEC provides Smart City solutions in Cordoba, Spain. NEC will provide its “Cloud City Operation Centre” (CCOC), a Smart City platform based on FIWARE, which collects real-time data from around the city through various sensors, then automatically analyses this information, enabling swift provision of municipal services. NEC will also provide vertical solutions through the CCOC platform

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    LTTS announce the launch of the ‘Smartest Office Campus in the World’ in Israel by the world’s leading technology conglomerate, for which LTTS had been the technology partner throughout the course of the project. The state-of-the-art building will redefine the future of work by enabling continuous and interconnected intelligent systems based on cutting-edge digital technologies such as IoT, Machine Learning and Predictive Asset Management.

How are construction and smart cities enterprises organizing their EIIR activities? (GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)

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    Construction technology firm KATERRA which specializes in offsite construction is expanding in India.

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    L&T – Water & Effluent Treatment business is currently growing at 28% yoy and wants to double to $4 billion in next few years. Main opportunities are in desalination plants, water and sewage treatment plants, water supply pipelines, etc. If we treat water exploration, treatment and transport similar to oil, there is scope for technology and digital solutions also (of course with the caveat of economic viability). Ground water is depleting fast and water infrastructure is a $100 Billion opportunity in India for next five years.

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    Water and environment management solutions provider, Ion Exchange, has set up a new Research and Development (R&D) facility at Patancheru in Hyderabad. It will develop new resins, membranes, polymers and speciality chemical technologies related to water, waste water treatment, process separation and purification.

How are construction and smart cities EIIR providers building their solutions and capabilities?

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    Bosch Energy and Building Solutions plans to acquire German building automation specialist GFR.

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    Ricardo to expand presence in Australia with acquisition of PLC Consulting a planning, environment and infrastructure consultancy.

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    Wipro has partnered with Intel. Wipro has launched edge AI solutions for pipeline anomaly detection, surface crack detection and medical anomaly detection all powered by Intel Xeon processors. These solutions are designed to be customizable as per each customer’s specific needs and then integrated into their broad technology environment, thereby accelerating time-to-market and reduction in R&D costs.

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    Husqvarna Group will join Semcon and Øveraasen as owners of the company Yeti Snow Technology, which develops autonomous snow clearance systems for airports, may in time be able to apply their solution to entirely new areas.

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    Semcon is developing an autonomous tractor to keep runway edge lights clear of snow as part of a research project investigating new airport maintenance technology. Automation can be used to reduce costs while also increasing efficiency and quality. The technology has now been tested for the first time at Örnsköldsvik Airport.

Construction and smart cities industry news

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    Construction equipment market in India is growing 20%+ in volume terms. The market for Backhoe loaders grew to 47,200 units in FY19 from 38,600 units in FY18; Cranes to 10,200 units from 8,100 units; Compactors to 5,000 units from 4,200 units.

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    $100 Billion investment estimated in water sector in India in the next five years. Engineering sectors which will gain are EPC, pipes, water treatment pumps, valves and cement.

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    A large energy positive building is coming up in Norway. It will generate more energy than it consumes over its lifetime. It’s not all. Add blockchain, IoT, self driving cars. It can automatically sell surplus power over blockchain to autonomous cars of JLR. Smart city is here.

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    A 24% rise in sales in JCB but warns downturn ahead. Construction equipment business has been doing good but dark clouds ahead.

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    Self driving construction equipments are here and interesting part is they can be retrofitted with Built Robotics. The company raised $33 Million in series B funding.

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    SEBI has relaxed norms for ‘Muni Bonds’ issuance to help smart cities as well as entities working in areas of city planning and urban development work, including municipalities, raise funds through debt securities.

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